One of the best ways to see the spectacular countryside and the mountain scenery of Bali is on a cycling tour. Riding downhill on modern mountain bikes, through quiet villages that expose the heart of Bali.
Start the morning with piping hot tea overlooking Lake Batur and the volcanic smoke plumes of Mount Batur . The frequent stops to explore temples, shady plantations and picturesque villages give rare insight into the traditional lifestyle and makes the ride suitable for all ages. The Batur Trail is an ideal family outing.
SAFARI INFORMATION & HIGHLIGHTS
The day starts with a scenic ride from your hotel to a restaurant overlooking Lake Batur and the still active volcano, Mount Batur , where you enjoy morning tea, light snacks and fresh fruits. Once morning tea is over you are transported by coach to the assembly point to start the tour. There you will be met by the guides and fitted with a bicycle, safety helmet, riding gloves and bottled water.The guides will give a briefing on the areas that he will take you through and explain the safety tips which must be followed at all times during the tour. The entire group is then divided into groups of 5 or 6 persons with one guide being assigned each subgroup.
Then you are off on a leisurely, mostly downhill trail from Mount Batur that leads you through sleepy villages and secret back-road trails and tracks. Frequent stops along the way give you an opportunity to visit temples, farms and traditional villages that offer an insight into a Bali that is not commonly seen. With the exception of four 300-meter sections, the 25 kilometres of the Batur Trail is virtually all downhill. An easy ride that is adventurous, exciting, fun, educational and occasionally hilarious. All the guides come from the surrounding regions and are very knowledgeable in Balinese lifestyle and culture.
In addition to your guide a support vehicle follows your group and if you feel that you need a break, the guides will load your bike on the vehicle where you can relax for a couple of kilometers in an air-conditioned van. The gentle downhill ride lasts approximately 2 - 2 1/2 hours.
The Batur Trail ends at the temple of Pengukur-kur in the village of Pejeng in Ganyar at around 1.30 pm. where a cold towel is handed out. After a short cooling off period you are transported in air-conditioned vehicles to a restaurant in Ubud where a sumptuous international buffet lunch is served.At around 3.00 pm. you depart from Ubud, arriving back at your hotel 4.30 to 5.00 pm
For those wishing to travel through slightly more difficult, remote and adventurous terrain, the Batu Karu Trail is for you. You will see a part of Bali that seems to appear as if time has stood still for generations.
You can choose between a longer ride of 25 kilometres (approximately 15 miles) or a shorter ride of 18 kilometers (approximately 11 miles).
SAFARI INFORMATION & HIGHLIGHTS
You will be transported by coach to the Jati Luwih village in Tabanan to the Café Jati Luwih where you start the day with morning tea and light snacks and other refreshments before departing to the starting point of the tour. There you will be met by the guides and fitted with a bicycle, safety helmet, riding gloves and bottled water.
After a safety briefing the entire group will be divided into subgroups of 5-6 people and one guide will be assigned for each subgroup. Then you are off on a leisurely ride through the rich rural heartland of Bali - visiting ancient villages and farmland on small roads and jungle tracks.From time to time you will stop for lessons about the local culture, plant life and farming methods as so on as you go, providing a unique insight into the ways of the real Bali .
In addition to your guide, you will be followed by a support vehicle. If you feel that you need a break the guides will load your bike onto the support vehicle and you can sit back and relax for a couple of kilometers in the air-conditioned van.The Batu Karu Trail ends at Yeh Panes Hot Springs Hotel, Spa & Restaurant in Tabanan at around 12.45 pm. where a buffet lunch of Indonesian specialties and Western favorites is served.
Then finish off a great day and rejuvenate your body with a complimentary massage or swim at Yeh Panes Spa. At 3.15 pm. you depart from Yeh Panas to return to your hotel.
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